Todd Ferguson Named Fall 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor


Congratulations to Todd Ferguson! He has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Fall 2014.

This award is given to Baylor graduate students who serve as Teachers of Record and who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty. He was selected by a committee of graduate faculty and graduate students as one of Baylor's outstanding teachers based on recommendations from his supervising faculty, evaluations and recommendations from his students, his teaching philosophy, and his participation in professional teaching development.

Todd has taught the Sociology 1305 Introduction to Sociology course for several semesters.

Todd Ferguson’s research interests are in the sociology of religion and gender. His dissertation explores gender and status in congregations, specifically people’s perceptions of female clergy, lay access to leadership positions, and how a congregation’s gender ratio affects ritual outcomes. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Social Science Research and Sociological Focus.

He is a Baylor University Presidential Scholar, an undergraduate instructor for the sociology department and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Brandon Martinez Oustanding Graduate Instructor for Spring 2014


Congratulations to Brandon Martinez! He has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Spring 2014.

This award is given to Baylor graduate students who serve as Teachers of Record and who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty. He was selected by a committee of graduate faculty and graduate students as one of Baylor's outstanding teachers based on recommendations from his supervising faculty, evaluations and recommendations from his students, his teaching philosophy, and his participation in professional teaching development.

Brandon has taught the Sociology 1305 Introduction to Sociology course for several semesters.

Brandon's research interests are in race and ethnicity, the sociology of religion, discrimination, inequality, and political sociology.

His dissertation examines how the intersection of race and religion influence the social world. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Review of Religious Research.

His current research includes symbolic white dominance in Latino congregations, political divides within white American evangelicalism, and operationalizing the concept of evil in research on religion.


Joshua Tom Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor for Fall 2013

Congratulations to Joshua Tom! He has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Fall 2013.

This award is given to Baylor graduate students who serve as Teachers of Record and who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty. He was selected by a committee of graduate faculty and graduate students as one of Baylor's outstanding teachers based on recommendations from his supervising faculty, evaluations and recommendations from his students, his teaching philosophy, and his participation in professional teaching development.

Joshua has taught the Sociology 1305 Introduction to Sociology course for several semesters.

His current research interests include religion, race, deviance and the sociology of science.  His research has been featured on the Huffington Post and a variety of other media outlets. 

Joshua is a Baylor University Presidential Scholar and undergraduate instructor for the sociology department. He is currently working towards the completion of his PhD., and a dissertation exploring the historical and sociological intersections of religion and interracial marriage in the United States.


Shanna Granstra Outstanding Graduate Instructor - Fall 2011


Congratulations to Shanna Granstra! She have been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Fall 2011.

This award is given to Baylor graduate students who serve as Teachers of Record and who are recognized for their outstanding teaching by students and faculty. She was selected by a committee of graduate faculty and graduate students as one of Baylor's outstanding teachers based on recommendations from her supervising faculty, evaluations and recommendations from her students, her teaching philosophy, and her participation in professional teaching development.

Shanna has taught the Sociology 1305 Introduction to Sociology and Sociology 4352 Criminology course for several semesters.

Her current research interests include obesity and social relationships along with framing of religion by popular culture. She is currently working on several co-authored papers with Drs. Jerry Park and Diana Kendall.

Her master's thesis investigated the relationship between obesity, gender, and religiosity.

She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion.


Andrew Whitehead Outstanding Graduate Instructor for Fall 2010

Congratulations to Andrew Whitehead! He was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Fall 2010. He was awarded this distinction at the November Council for Graduate Program Directors.

Andrew has taught the Sociology 3361 Extreme Deviance course for several semesters. His current research interests include religion, policy issues, and organizations. His research agenda includes examinations of attitudes toward same-sex unions and the perceived etiology of homosexuality as well as the effects of small group involvement inside congregations. His master's thesis investigated religion's effect on attitudes toward the etiology of homosexuality and same-sex unions. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion.

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